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Hooper: I owe career to musicals

Published 06/01/2013 | 01:25

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Tom Hooper fell in love with acting after he was cast in a school musical

Les Miserables director Tom Hooper has said he owes his whole career to his love of musicals.

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The filmmaker won an Oscar for The King's Speech in 2010 and has gone on to direct an epic adaptation of hit musical Les Mis, and he revealed it was a role in a school musical that got him started.

Tom revealed: "Weirdly I was cast in the school musical when I was 10 or 11 and fell in love with acting, drama, theatre, this whole world through that.

"So I owe sitting here today to the musical, because I was cast in one as a kid."

The British director was determined to follow up his Oscar-winning film The King's Speech with something as different as possible, which led him to Les Miserables.

He said: "After finishing The King's Speech I really wanted to do something very different and to challenge myself.

"I was fortunate enough to have some success and I wanted to use that to take a risk, rather than to try to do the same thing again, or be conservative. And what could be more risky than a movie musical?"

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